My Daughter’s Mistake by Kate Hewitt

Published September 27th 2021 by Bookouture

About the Book: I look at my daughter. My darling girl. I remember her tiny hand in mine, her first smile. I recall her tears when she’d tumble over, healed instantly with a band-aid and a little kiss. I have to keep her safe. Even if it means someone else gets hurt…

In the pretty, privileged college town of Milford, New Hampshire, everyone is friendly, everything is safe. And on this cold autumn day, as red and yellow leaves begin to fall from the trees, and everyone wraps up for the first time, it would be easy to believe nothing bad could ever happen here.

Until a screech of tires is heard, a thud, a child’s scream. The crash that sees Jenna’s six-year-old daughter Amy Rose being hit by a car driven by seventeen-year-old Maddie.

Maddie’s mother, Ellen—a college professor with a warm, approachable reputation—insists it must have been an accident. Her daughter is always safe on the road—and she’s vulnerable herself.

But as Amy Rose lies unconscious in hospital, the town begins to take sides. With Ellen, who just wants to defend her daughter. Or with Jenna, a single mother with a past, whose child hovers between life and death…

The truth is that both mothers have secrets they’re trying to keep. And, with Amy Rose’s life hanging in the balance, one of them will stop at nothing to protect the person she loves—her daughter.

An incredible, powerfully emotional and heartbreaking read, with a dilemma that will make everyone wonder what they would do, in either mother’s shoes. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Jojo Moyes and Diane Chamberlain.

4.5 Stars:

I think every parent worries when they get that call from their child asking them to come, especially when they are just beginning to drive. This is what happens to Ellen, a college professor in the small, idyllic town of Milford. She gets a call from her seventeen year old daughter, Maddie that she needs her. Ellen arrives at the scene to see a young girl being taken away in an ambulance, and Maddie’s car up on the curb. Maddie is sitting on the side of the road, and admits she hit the little girl, who ran out in front of her. Six year old May Rose, is rushed to the hospital with head trauma. My Daughter’s Mistake is told from the points of view of the two mothers, Jenna, a single mother of the beautiful six year old Amy Rose; and Ellen – mother of the vulnerable Maddy. This is the story of two families torn apart by this tragic accident.

Kate Hewitt’s book is heartbreaking, especially as it is something that could happen to any family. The characters are real and relatable, and I could feel what both of these families were going through. I felt sick for Jenna and what she was going through, yet Ellen was also heartsick for her daughter and fearful about what would happen.

As always in her books, Hewitt presents us with a situation that could befall any of us. Her characters are very real and I could not help but experience all the emotions of the characters – I seesawed in my sympathy between Jenna and Ellen – but I also felt their love, their loss, their fear and their anger. A master of family dynamics, Hewitt also involves the fathers, the siblings, and grandparents, friends and work colleagues in a story that will leave you emotionally drained but satisfied. Jenna’s and Ellen’s lives couldn’t have been more different, but in a moment, what they now have in common is that they would do anything to protect their child. All the secondary characters play a role, siblings, other parents, as well an the town gossips. Everyone seems to take a side. Jenna was a great character. She is flawed, but is loyal and loving and not afraid to accept responsibility, even if she shouldn’t. I really enjoyed this well-written book. The story was tense, and I wasn’t sure what would happen next. Both mother’s have secrets that I wondered about. The backstories added much to the plot and gave insight into what might happen next. Kate Hewitt included themes of alcoholism, abuse, mental health issues, anorexia, suicide and criminality. This is a novel I definitely recommend.

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About the Author: Kate Hewitt is the author of many romance and women’s fiction novels. A former New Yorker and now an American ex-pat, she lives in a small town on the Welsh border with her husband, five children, and their overly affectionate Golden Retriever. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling stories that tackle real issues and touch people’s lives.